Great Expectations


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Here’s another Great Expectations, about five minutes after the last. Yet what marks out director Mike Newell and writer David Nicholls’ version is its impeccable acting. Helena Bonham Carter has taken some stick for her eccentric Miss Havisham, but she’s spot on: rather than do witchy (the temptation to go a bit Bellatrix Lestrange must have been huge), she makes Miss Havisham a spoilt little rich girl frozen in time. All these years since she was jilted, she’s still in her wedding dress and still the petulant princess – now spitefully plotting revenge on men with Estella (Holliday Grainger) as her weapon.

The film zeroes in on the love story between Estella and blacksmith’s boy Pip (played by handsome Jeremy Irvine from War Horse), an angle oddly muted in many versions. It’s what makes this a worthy addition to the heap of adaptations, none of which can hold a candle to David Lean’s 1946 film.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Great Expectations

  • Duration: 128
  • Released: Thu, 17 Jan
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Jeremy Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Holliday Grainger

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